Heart Health

The latest heart health and cardiovascular news from UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine.

UNC Researcher Finds Gender Disparities in Admissions, Treatment for Heart Attack Patients, Earns Nomination for AHA Award

UNC Researcher Finds Gender Disparities in Admissions, Treatment for Heart Attack Patients, Earns Nomination for AHA Award

Sameer Arora, MD, a UNC School of Medicine cardiology fellow, was nominated for the Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Research Award for Young Investigators in Training for his study showing young women are having proportionally more heart attacks than young men.

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Qian Appointed Associate Director of McAllister Heart Institute

Qian Appointed Associate Director of McAllister Heart Institute

Li Qian, PhD, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, has been named the associate director of McAllister Heart Institute effective October 1, 2018.

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UNC Researchers Find Racial Disparities in Treatment for Heart Attack Patients

UNC Researchers Find Racial Disparities in Treatment for Heart Attack Patients

Sameer Arora, MD, a UNC School of Medicine cardiology fellow, led a study reviewing hospitalizations for a certain type of heart attack that occurred over a 15-year period and found consistent differences in the treatment of black and white patients.

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Jonas publishes two JAMA Evidence Reports on ECG Cardiac Screenings

Jonas publishes two JAMA Evidence Reports on ECG Cardiac Screenings

Dan Jonas, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine and deputy director for research at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, found that using electrocardiography in screening asymptomatic adults for cardiovascular disease may cause more harm than good.

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Qian receives Transformational Project Award from American Heart Association

Qian receives Transformational Project Award from American Heart Association

Li Qian, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, member of UNC McAllister Heart Institute, has received the inaugural Transformational Project Award from the American Heart Association. This award aims to “support highly innovative, high-impact projects that build on work in progress that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will accelerate the field of cardiovascular and stroke research.”

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Dr. Hugh “Chip” A. McAllister Jr., founder of McAllister Heart Institute, passes away

Dr. Hugh “Chip” A. McAllister Jr., founder of McAllister Heart Institute, passes away

UNC’s McAllister Heart Institute founder and namesake Dr. Hugh “Chip” A. McAllister, Jr. passed away at his home in Houston, Texas on June 15, 2018.

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UNC Medical Center receives two Mission: Lifeline awards from American Heart Association

UNC Medical Center receives two Mission: Lifeline awards from American Heart Association

Both awards recognize the implementation of specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

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Getting to the Heart of Congenital Cardiac Defects

Getting to the Heart of Congenital Cardiac Defects

UNC researchers led by Frank Conlon, PhD, shed light on how gene defects lead to congenital heart malformations.

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Li Wang Receives Career Development Award from American Heart Association

Li Wang Receives Career Development Award from American Heart Association

Li Wang, PhD, research associate in the Qian Lab and a member of UNC McAllister Heart Institute, has received the prestigious Career Development Award from the AHA. The award is given to highly promising young scientists in their early years to explore innovative questions in the field of cardiovascular research.

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Understanding the impact of heart attack type on hospital-level outcomes

New research in the Journal of the American Heart Association from a UNC team including Cardiology research fellow Dr. Sameer Arora and Cardiology faculty members Dr. Matt Cavender and Division Chief Dr. Rick Stouffer suggests that it may be of benefit to not categorize type 2 myocardial infarction (MI) under the general umbrella of non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction. The research suggests it may be better to differentiate it from type 1 MI patients clinically.

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UNC AFib Care Network Launches AFib Integrated Care Clinic

UNC AFib Care Network Launches AFib Integrated Care Clinic

Network also launches AFib support group and a smartphone app to help people with AFib manage their condition

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Genetic Testing for Statin Therapy Not Cost-Effective

Genetic Testing for Statin Therapy Not Cost-Effective

Research led by UNC School of Medicine MD/PhD student Jamie Jarmul, PhD, suggests physicians should defer to traditional 10-year risk score and existing statin guidelines in lieu of genetic tests.

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New genomic research on cardiovascular health in rural North Carolina

New genomic research on cardiovascular health in rural North Carolina

Two genomic-based studies from Heart Healthy Lenoir were published in the last month. Heart Healthy Lenoir was a multidisciplinary research project that aimed to reduce cardiovascular disease in Lenoir County, North Carolina by developing new approaches to care, from prevention to treatment. The lead investigator of the Heart Healthy Lenoir genomics study is Jonathan Schisler, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology and McAllister Heart Institute.

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New research in the Journal of the American Heart Association from multidisciplinary UNC research group

New research in the Journal of the American Heart Association from multidisciplinary UNC research group

A multidisciplinary team from UNC’s Departments of Nutrition, Pharmacology, Pathology, and the McAllister Heart Institute have published new findings on genetics and metabolism in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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UNC Aortic Team completes rare total arch aneurysm repair

UNC Aortic Team completes rare total arch aneurysm repair

Mark Farber, MD, and Thomas Caranasos, MD, successfully completed an endovascular total arch aneurysm repair, joining a handful of surgical teams around the world.

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Genetic test may improve post-stent treatment, outcome

Genetic test may improve post-stent treatment, outcome

The study, based on results from patients treated at UNC Hospitals, found that using genetic testing to inform which blood thinner to use following a procedure to open narrowed blood vessels resulted in significantly fewer complications. George “Rick” Stouffer, III, MD, was a leader of the study.

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Stouffer appointed Ernest and Hazel Craige Distinguished Professor

Stouffer appointed Ernest and Hazel Craige Distinguished Professor

George (Rick) Stouffer, MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Cardiology, has been awarded the Ernest and Hazel Craige Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the department of medicine.

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Bautch Receives Outstanding Investigator Award

Bautch Receives Outstanding Investigator Award

Victoria Bautch, PhD, was recently awarded $6.5 million from the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute. The award will enable the Bautch Lab to study the molecular and cellular control of angiogenesis, a naturally occurring process responsible for the formation and growth of blood vessels.

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